Happiness is waking up to discover that the Yankees have taken the lead in the American League East! For the past few weeks, it’s been a tight divisional race between the Red Sox and the Yankees, made all the tighter by the fact that the Cleveland Indians are hanging out in the wildcard wings trying to make sure that whichever AL East team doesn’t win the division also doesn’t make the playoffs at all. (And while I obviously would love to see the Yanks in the postseason, I fear for my life here in Boston if that happens and the Red Sox don’t make the cut!) As if out of the movies, in one week’s time the two teams end the regular season with a three-game series at Fenway Park, a series that’s likely to be as exciting as it is meaningful to both team’s postseason chances. Of course, last time the Yanks played the Red Sox in a series that critically mattered was last year’s AL Championship, which was one of the the biggest chokes in the history of the game… here’s hoping they dont repeat that this year.